COLUMBUS, OH – Ohio’s Senates General Government Budget Committee heard testimony on HB 218, sponsored by Rep. Al Cutrona (R-Canfield) this past week.
The bill would prohibit a school district from requiring a student or employee to inject a COVID-19 shot, unless the shot has been granted final approval by the FDA.
The current language under section (B) (1) states:
‘A school, private college, or state institution of higher education shall not require a student to receive any of the following utilizing messenger ribonucleic acid, deoxyribonucleic acid, or any other genetic vaccine technology and for which the United States food and drug administration has not issued a biologics license or otherwise granted full approval’
If and when a COVID19 shot does garner full approval by the FDA, the current bill also provides for certain exemptions including:
(a) Medical contraindications;
(b) Natural immunity;
(c) Reasons of personal conscience, including religious convictions.
Natural immunity clauses are already present in most law and regulation pertaining to schools. This means that even if COVID19 shots become fully approved by the FDA, and then required by schools or employers in the state of Ohio, a simply antibody test could exempt you.
The debate has been continuous on the efficacy of COVID19 shots, there actual effectiveness and whether the language used makes the current COVID19 shots approved for use or not.
Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisconsin) among numerous others are calling the current COVID injections a ‘bait and switch’ by the FDA. In October Sen. Johnson in an interview stated, “We do not have an FDA–approved vaccine being administered in the U.S. The FDA played a bait and switch. They approved the Comirnaty version of Pfizer drugs. It’s not available in the U.S. They even admit it. I sent them a letter three days later going “What are you doing?” What they did is they extended the emergency use authorization for the Pfizer drug vaccine that’s available in the U.S., here that’s more than 30 days later, and they haven’t asked that very simple question. If you’re saying that the Pfizer drug is the same as the Comirnaty, why didn’t you provide FDA approval on that? So, there’s not an FDA-approved drug and, of course, they announced it so they could push through these mandates so that people actually think, “Oh, OK now these things are FDA approved.” They are not and again, maybe they should be, but the FDA isn’t telling me why.
While the efficacy and effectiveness debate rages on, and new strains appear every few weeks it seems, some Ohio lawmakers are trying to fight what they can to secure small freedoms of choice and medical decision making for their constituents and citizens across the state. That battle is far from over, but it is a battle nonetheless.